Wednesday: Public hearing on proposed increases in bus fares


It's been five years since the last fare increase for a ride on a public bus in San Mateo County. A public hearing on a proposed two-phase fare increase is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the SamTrans headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.

The plan for 2016 would include raising the price of a one-way ticket by 25 cents (to $2.25) for adults and by 10 cents (to $1.10) for seniors and the disabled. Monthly passes would go up $1.60 (to $65.60) for adults, and $2 (to $27) for seniors and the disabled. The changes would go into effect on Sunday, Jan. 10.

On Jan. 20, 2019, the fares would go up again -- to $2.50 for an adult one-way ticket, and to $1.25 for seniors and the disabled. Monthly passes would be $72 for adults and $31.05 for seniors and the disabled.

A vote by the SamTrans board of directors on the proposed changes is set for Nov. 4.

The proposals would also expand options for younger riders by moving the youth age limit up to 18 from the current 17, by giving youths the same discounts given to seniors and the disabled, and by allowing two children rather than one to ride free with a fare-paying adult.

Go to this link for a complete look at the proposal.


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Posted by Alixe
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 7, 2015 at 10:52 am

Please don't raise fares, this only hurts the seniors and disabled in our community, who often have no other way to get around town. Ready Wheels and Samtrans disabled transport isn't what it should be. I'm still waiting for a bus that can take me to Portola Valley to visit my friends at the Sequoias, but alas, the only bus that goes there is for school children only I am told. Until you improve your routes east to west, please don't penalize us.

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Posted by Nonsense
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 7, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Who in the world does the Samtrans board members think uses the bus? ANSWER: Poor people and seniors! The director of Caltrain/samtrans makes $300K. The board gave BART $500 million for the SF to SFO BART connection. Next, bus routes were cut and fares were raised. Where does it end? Public transit is supposed to serve the public. Cut some salaries at the top. Start with Hartnet, then Simon and finish up with the Maltbie dynasty.
Good lord.

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